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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Ann is the wine barrel aged version of Anna (1902-?), our grandfatherís sister as well as the name of our Honey Saison. In her honor, we fill French Oak wine barrels with honey saison and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After many months, a beautifully complex beer emerges--Anna becomes Ann. Naturally carbonated and dipped in beeswax, Ann displays the microflora of her landscape. This the ale that I dreamed to have shared with Anna.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. From notes. Ann has a great cloudy golden straw appearance with a fluffy white cap. The aroma is full of honey, white grapes, straw, and pale malts, with the microflora, pear, and lemon zest taking a bit of a backseat. My first sip starts out nicely sweet with honey and light malts. White grapes and pear add a little bit of fruit character to the sweetness. Straw, grass, and a mineral presence come in later on, followed by a spicy oak note, with the finish ultimately being dry and clean. Ann has a slightly heavier body than Anna does with a little bit less carbonation, but overall it still has a medium body with a moderate level of crisp carbonation. There is a bit of a zesty tartness that will probably continue to develop over time. It is fairly dry. Even someone who does not go crazy for saisons has to appreciate the quality of a beer like this. The original beer is delicate and complex, and the aging process has only added to the character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12614) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. golden colour with a white head. Aroma is yeast, spices, fruit, lemon. Flavour is yeast, spices, fruit, flower, lemon. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

[ Bottle # 108/300 ]. Clear medium orange yellow colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate yeasty, grape, white wine, leather - brett notes. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, dry, tart white wine, fruity, grape, fruity - honey sweet, grape - wine - citrus tart. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Aroma is a bit weak but flavor is very powerfull and very complex, and as normal with Hill Farmsted very very balanced. [20121109]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4740) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle shared at joeecís end of the world party. Poured a slight hazed golden body under a big fluffy bright white head. Aroma of subtle lemon, wheat, light citrus, hint of white pepper, slight funk and floral notes. The most delicate mouthfeel I have ever experienced, my notes actually say "itís like eating a newborn baby", yup the palate was that delicate. Flavor also had a delicate feel about it. It was almost like if you used to much pressure to swallow that the beer would berak apart. Very floral overall with notes of lemon, citrus juice, very slight white wine, yeast, cask wood. Great stuff and still amazed by the palate on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
bottle generously shared by wherethewildbeersat at our pre thanksgiving whale tasting. I could smell the beeswax for days nice little touch. Bottle poured a hazy yellow with tight carbonation bubbles which lasted throughout my taste. Nose was strong white wine, from the barrel aging. Taste was bright, citric, slightly floral with a sweet(honey) dry white wine finish. Overall this was good but not my favorite by HF and I certainly wouldnt go through the lengths or trade what I did for this bottle again. From what I hear, it was much better fresh. Never the less I am extremely appreciative of Joey for opening his bottle and will look to trade mine for something that we can both enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8347) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a hazy pale yellow that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma has a great mesh of light wine and earthy grains and a nice light floral hoppiness. Flavor starts with light dry fruit with dry wine notes and a bit of sweet grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
750 ml bottle pour. Nice light yellow/golden color. Nice light barrel aroma. Extremely well balanced. Finishes excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1722) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
pour is golden yellow, effervescent, tight white head. Nose is soft, Chardonnay barrels is up front with notes of honey and hints of citric fruit and lemon. Taste is great, much brighter than the nose. Chardonnay barrel is perfectly integrated with a soft Saison yeast. There is citric acid, light lemon, soft ripe fruit, and sweet honey in back. Very dry, assertive carbonation and light airy body. Well integrated and bright, solid stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Light gold hay pour with small white head of tiny bubbles. Nose is a soft array of chardonnay barrel, soft citrus, acids, very soft. Mouth is very dry, bright, a really neat and deeply integrated expression. White wine barrel and soft lemon rind are the initial flavors. Barrel integration is great, super dry with a pleasant acidity and very minimal grape or vine note. Light honey sweetness on the finish. Interesting, more citric acids than I expected but a really great dry barrel and oak quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle #260. Thanks Shaun. Enjoyed at 55 Degrees F in a snifter on my GFís birthday.

A - The beeswax surrounding this bottle smells amazing. The best smelling bottle Iíve ever had. Gorgeous clarity. Bright golden orange with a 3 finger fluffy solid white head. Head fades to a finger and remains. Pillow-like lacing sticks decently. A very nice steady stream of bubbles travel bottom to top for as long as Iím drinking it. Looks a lot like a Prosecco.

S - Grape skins and lemongrass on the nose. Lots of characters that remind me of Prosecco and Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely citrus and wine tannins and a splash of honey sweetness.

T - Very sweet like lemon, tangerines and grapefruit. Dash of wine tannins at the finish with a super dry finish. I donít pick up a lot of honey but there is this tart wild yeast aspect that compliments the excellent wheat and grassiness.

M - Medium body and a very nice balanced medium carbonation. A hint of an astringent listerine mouth wash finish but itís not drastic and you really have to swish quite a bit to get it.

O - Hype, Hype, Hype. So Ann, the elusive Ann. Her? Iím enjoying drinking this right now. Itís tasty and enjoyable but I prefer Art which, for most purposes, is the best beer to compare with Ann. Juicy, Mimosa and Flora, in my opinion, exceed Ann in taste, body and the nose. Art is still the definite winner of Hill Farmstead Barrel Aged farmhouse ales. Would I pick up Ann again? OF COURSE! Itís delicious and delicate and graceful throughout. However, the best saison Iíve ever had? Sorry but itís not. Try this if you can. Itís a fantastic beer! Thanks Shaun.

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